David Bates delivers brutally honest verdict of Rangers display against Aberdeen
By Russell Edge
Rangers young star David Bates has offered a brutally honest review of his side’s defeat to Aberdeen on Wednesday.
The Gers slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Ibrox to the side sitting one place above them in the table.
Goals from Graeme Shinnie and Ryan Christie were enough to seal the three points for the visitors, with Martyn Waghorn’s strike not enough to deny Aberdeen their first win at Rangers since 1991.
The result means that Aberdeen will finish as runners up in the Scottish Premiership for the second consecutive season, while Rangers will have to settle for third.
Despite the seemingly narrow scoreline, young centre back Bates had some stern words for his side, who had let the Dons dominate for much of the game.
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He told the Evening News: “It is hard to take any positives.
“We let them dictate the game. We let them dictate us.
“At no point in the game did we play the way we wanted to.”
Bates, who is just 20-years-old, joined Rangers in January after a loan spell from Raith Rovers, but has been pushed straight into the starting XI after a spate of injuries to first team stars.
So far this season he has made six appearances for Pedro Caixinha’s side, with another four appearances on the bench.
He says that the first team experience has been a severe learning curve for him, and that while he knows the game time is important, the disappointing results are still a tough pill to swallow.
“There’s a lot of learning for us all to take out of these defeats,” said the 20-year-old.
“But they are still hard to take.”
Rangers finish their season with a visit to St Johnstone on Sunday, with manager Caixinha readying himself for a busy transfer window.
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